Magnificent trees

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         The past few weeks I have been mourning the loss of a magnificent tree that was standing almost in our front yard, but its trunk rooted in the property of our neighbors. They decided that they wanted to remove it, they complaint that one of the roots was starting to lift their drive way and the only way to fix this was to get rid of the tree, a magnificent pine tree that had been standing there for the past 30 to 40 years.

When I heard of their plans, I got very upset. I wanted to boycott their operation, but since we are new to the neighborhood, my husband did not wanted to upset them. Meanwhile I suffered in silence, went in my head over different scenarios on how to prevent them from cutting it down, from strapping myself to the tree, to paying the company for not cutting, to contacting the city environmental protection, etc, the only thing that I was accomplishing was to make myself more and more upset…

Then I decided to go and meditate with the tree. I sat in front of him, felt the cold breeze of the morning, took a few deep breaths and went within. Once I was still, I told the tree – they are planning to cut you, I do not know what to do… how can I stop them from doing this? – As I waited to feel what else I could tell this magnificent creature, to my amazement I received a reply. He said – I know, nothing is permanent, my time might be up –

My eyes swelled with tears; I felt his love and compassion. It was truly not what I expected to hear. There was no anger, no plotting against, there was only love. I sat there long enough and decided to honor his life by taking photos of him for the next few days and sat with him as many times as I could to meditate.

When the day came for him to be removed I was heartbroken by the unconsciousness of people, the same day the events of Paris happened and my heart sank in sadness for a good few days. I did not know how to react, what to do. I felt impotent; I felt that what I do is not enough and that I need to be more proactive. I realized then that it was time for me to step out of my comfort zone and my shell. I realized that it was time for me to share my thoughts and knowledge with the world. My hope is that if everyone in this world shines its own inner light, we can all bathe the world and the universe in light.

I have discovered through out my life that I am very fond of trees; I truly love them. They are amazing life forms and sacred to most cultures such as the Native Americas, Mesoamerican, Hindus, Buddhist, to name a few. Almost every culture has an image or form of the Tree of Life. Their wisdom lies in their selflessness, they are exuberant philanthropists, they clear the air, they provide a home to many creatures, they provide food, they provide medicine and if you listen closely… they provide wisdom and advise too.

I encourage you to go outside today and look at a tree, look how magnificent they are and if you feel incline to, give it a hug or sit and meditate with it. We can all heal the world together. Then share your experience with me. I would love to hear!

Sending you much love and wishing you a bright day!

Estefania ∞

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The amazing pine tree that used to stand outside our home.

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